April 21st, 2014
By Somya Kukreti, Foodie Correspondent
In the market place opposite Gargi College, overlooking the bustling streets of AnandLok, there is a rivalry going on with no clear winners. On one side is Diggin, the new restaurant on the block which has managed to impress everyone with its style and sophistication. On the other hand is Mithas, a veteran with 20 plus years of experience in providing a wholesome, heart-warming and stomach-filling experience.
An all-vegetarian restaurant, Mithas is well known amongpeople looking for affordable and wholesome food which includes college-goers and families alike. It has three separate eating areas – an open space outside the restaurant, seating area on the ground floor and on the first floor.
A regular haunt for me and my friends, this place has always left me satisfied. The food has been consistently fresh and delicious. One of my favourites is the Veg thali – Dal makhani/Shahipaneer with naan of your choice and a drink. A piece of advice – the portions are generous so don’t forget to take a friend along! Even the quantity of the lachhaparanthasis a little overwhelming andyet it is guaranteed to keep you wanting more.
During my last visit, I ordered vegetable fried rice and Manchurian, and ChholeBhature. I was not expecting the Chinese dishes of Mithas to be this good. They took me by surprise, to say the least. The Manchurian had a well-balanced flavour, tangy and sweet at the same time. I happily started to share it with my friends, only to realize later that the portions were sufficient only for one person. The bhature were crispy, oily and at the same time doughy – which is exactly the way I like them. The chhole were not as oil-soaked as they usually are, and had a distinctive flavour which I have only tasted in Mithas so far.
The only downside is the service which is a bit slow.The waiters look like they are doing a favour by even listening to you, but that can be easily overlooked the moment the food arrives.
Mithas has a pleasingmenu filled with North-Indian, Chinese and street dishes all of which will make your heart sing with joy without making a hole in your pocket. Furthermore, they also give DU students a discount till 3 in the afternoon, making one wonder if they are aware of the financial instabilities of college life! Well, good for us!